He heaved a sigh of relief once Wendy had gone out of his office; she was so clingy, such a bug and he was happy to get rid of her.
He quickly moved himself to the cellar and poured some wine; he was going crazy, was this really going to work? Was being fake the solution to his problems?
‘Why do you look so grim man?
Isn’t it too early to start your day with liquor’? Morgan walked into the office.
‘I don’t know bro, I am tired of playing nice to Wendy, why can’t I just tell her the truth, that I don’t want to get married’? Greg exhaled sharply.
‘That’s because, you will lose your company to Nathan, is that what you really want’? Morgan asked.
‘I had s£x with her the night before; she drained all of my energy; she is all over me, I don’t love her Morgan; I am stuck with her; how can I keep up with this for a year or more? I’d rather die’ Greg sank into his armchair.
‘No, you wouldn’t die, you may actually fall in love with her in the process; Love is a mysterious thing. Wendy is amazing, just the kind of woman that suits you’ Morgan replied.
‘Suits me? Hell no, she was very rude to my personal assistant, called her names, mocked her clothing; who does that’?
‘Wait, you got a new personal assistant’? Morgan asked.
‘Yea, she finally apologized and I have forgotten about it’ Greg replied.
‘Apologized’? Morgan frowned, apparently, Alex was yet to tell her friend the truth, he didn’t like lies.
‘Yes, why are you frowning’? Greg noticed.
‘Nothing’ Morgan replied, he was going to speak to Alex later.
‘I just have this vibe that Wendy is fake; she may not really love me’ Greg said.
‘You think she is after your money? Hell no, she got hers, remember her parents invested 10% in Beecroft’? Morgan grinned.
‘It doesn’t matter; what if the plan was to get married to Wendy and somehow she manipulates me into giving her family everything huh’? Greg had another thought.
‘And there’s another thing, she walked towards the cellar today, I swear she was about to pour herself a glass of wine, that’s what she does when she is worked up’ Greg added.
‘That’s crazy, are you sure about that? Because pregnant women don’t drink’ Morgan rubbed his chin thoughtfully.
‘I saw the results though, she is definitely pregnant, she’s just so reckless though’ Greg replied and took out his phone.
‘My father wants to see me’ Greg announced.
‘Good, I have some work to do, see you later’ Morgan patted his arm and left for his own office.
‘What does he want now’? Greg dragged his keys from the table and rushed
out of the office.
Silas was having a good time with his younger son; he had never shared such precious a moment with Greg; he still wondered when Greg was going to forgive him for the crash of his marriage to his mother.
‘She is really beautiful and homely too, what’s her name’? Silas stared at the photograph of a very attractive blonde girl.
‘Amanda’ Nathan supplied.
‘Nice name for a beautiful lady, so when are you bringing her home’? Silas asked.
‘Um, we just started dating…but I’ll definitely introduce you two’ Nathan smiled proudly; he loved his princess dearly
and couldn’t wait to be with her forever.
‘That’s nice, I am proud of you son, can’t say the same for your brother; Wendy is just the sort of girl that can keep him’ Silas rose to his feet and peered at the window, Greg had arrived.
‘Talk of the devil’ he trailed off.
Nathan’s heart beamed at his father’s words; this meant that his father was slowly warming up to him and soon he would be topmost in the man’s heart.
‘You called me’ Greg stepped into the house wearing a frown.
‘Hey bro’ Nathan winked.
Greg ignored him; he had not forgotten how they’d tricked him to sign the papers, now he was stuck with Wendy forever.
‘You don’t have to be so rude, I am still your father’ Silas said to him.
‘Father? What kind of father forces his own son to get married to a woman that he doesn’t love’? Greg scoffed and settled in a chair.
‘They type that wants his son to succeed’ Silas replied.
‘Cut it, why did you call me’? Greg asked.
‘Have you finally accepted to marry Wendy’? Silas asked.
Greg couldn’t help but laugh, what kind of question was this?
‘You made me sign those papers; you threatened me, what else do you want from me? I am done’ Greg rushed to his feet and stepped out of the house.
‘Greg’! Silas called after him but he wouldn’t stop walking.
‘Let him be dad, the drugs are starting to have effect on him’ Nathan held his father’s shoulder with a hand.
‘Drugs? What drugs’? Silas was alarmed at the mention of drugs.
‘Aren’t you aware? Greg is on Meth’ Nathan replied.
‘Meth? Are you serious about this Nathan’? Silas was terrified by this news. If Greg had started taking drugs,
it means that the company wasn’t in safe hands. Drugs meant bad news.
Yes I do. Give me some time, I’ll find you proof’ Nathan said.
‘This is so hard to believe, I need to call him and speak some sense into him myself’! He was infuriated.
‘No dad, you know how addicts behave; he would lie through his teeth; just be patient with me. What do you plan to do with him anyway’? Nathan asked.
‘I’m definitely taking Beecroft out of his hands and I’ll offer it to a more capable person, Greg has ruined all my plans’ the man was greatly troubled.
‘What about Wendy’? Nathan asked.
‘Wendy can wait, let’s focus on Greg for now’ Silas replied.
A satisfied smile split Nathan’s face, his plans were starting to germinate; he couldn’t wait to take Greg’s position and pay him monthly visits at the Rehab.
All what he needed was to cook up a better plan, he needed to make it very believable.
‘F–k, who does he think he is? Just because he is my dad doesn’t mean he gets to toss me around’ Greg muttered to himself.
He found it hard to understand why his father would invite him over the house without having any tangible thing to say; he’d totally wasted his time.
Of course, he knew he had no choice but to marry Wendy; why did he have to remind him of his lifetime of misery?
And his brother Nathan? He could see the mischief brewing in his eyes; he had a feeling Nathan knew about what was going on but he wasn’t sure yet. He needed to get evidence, it almost felt like Nathan and his father were plotting against him; he recalled how bright their faces had been when he’d walked into the house; they seemed so happy together.
Not that he cared much, but his father had never been that way with him; he wasn’t ready to give him such an opportunity. The man had been the reason his mother had died. She died of heartbreak.
Something strange happened to him; out of the torrent came a flash; out of the storm came a calm and his mother’s face appeared; her eyes were bright with unshed tears; there was a familiar sadness in them.
This was more strange, the next face in his mind’s eye were a striking and piercing blue of his personal assistant’s eyes.
‘Amanda’ he whispered her name and brought the car to a halt.
He found it difficult to focus since she had walked into his office; he quickly reminded himself that she wasn’t his spec though she was pretty and she was his employee.
His ways had been rough with women; but he made it part of his core values never to sleep with an employee or a minor. Amanda fit into the first category.
He turned his radio on, Justine Timberlake’s song glided through his ears, able to regain composure; he ignited the engine and fired on.
She had not expected it, but Greg had already given her some allowances on her first day of work; she had used it to pay off the electricity and water bills.
‘You seem very happy Mandy, tell me, how was work’? Mrs. Atkins wheeled behind her daughter.
Work had been many things; she had not expected it to turn out so nicely but she did enjoy herself with Gwen showing her all around.
‘Amazingly beautiful’! She decided.
‘Wow, somebody is so happy’ Mrs. Atkins said with a smile.
‘Tell her Mandy else I’d go first’ Alex chipped in; she’d been the one that picked Amanda from work.
‘Alex’? Amanda warned, she didn’t want her mother to know a thing about Nathan.
‘Okay, I’ll just do it’ Alex snorted and spilled the beans.
‘There’s this hot guy that likes Amanda and she likes him too; the one that hit her by accident and showed up with flowers; I think they’d make a cute couple’ Alex winked.
‘Is that so baby’? Mrs. Atkins grinned, she felt excited that her daughter had finally decided to start dating.
‘Yea mom, Nathan is a nice guy’ Amanda replied, she felt it deeply in her heart that he was nice.
‘How long have you known him’? Her mother asked.
‘Um, not really long, I first met him at the party, he was really polite even when I bumped into him’ she explained.
‘Are you sure about this guy? Men could be very tricky; they’re mostly chameleons’ her mother asked.
‘I know Mom. I know that you’re scared, but I promise you, I’d never allow any man to hurt me’ she replied.
‘Good, I am happy for you’ her mother gave her slender hand a squeeze.
Alex watched the exchange between mother and daughter; she also felt in her heart that Morgan was a nice man; the kind of man she yearned for, but he’d asked her for something that she couldn’t do.
He had asked her to tell Amanda the truth about the obscene note, to clear Greg’s name. But she had told him it wasn’t necessary; Mandy had gotten the job and Greg was okay with her; what was the need of bringing up the past?
‘Alex’! Amanda called her name the second time, she jerked out of her thoughts.
‘Are you okay’? Amanda raised a brow.
‘Yes, yes I am, we should prepare you for your first day at work, I brought you some gifts’ Alex forced a smile. She had not seen that side of Morgan; he seemed so sensitive with lies; how was she going to tell Amanda that Morgan had ended their relationship simply because she refused to tell her the truth about Greg?
No, she assured herself that she was doing the right thing. Even if it meant sacrificing her feelings for Morgan, she as ready to do anything for her friend.
‘Wow, these are beautiful…and expensive’ Amanda caressed the designer clothes Alex offered her.
‘I am sorry, I cannot take these, they’re way above my paycheck but thanks anyway’ Amanda dropped the gowns.
‘Hey, don’t be an ingrate, I wasn’t asking you to pay me back; we’ve been friends for two years and you always reject my gifts; how would you feel if you were in my shoes’? Alex felt hurt.
‘Mandy, Alex is right, it is not nice to reject a gift’ her mother cut in.
One look at her friend’s face told her she had hit a nerve; they were just clothes and shoes and make-up, it wouldn’t hurt to accept them.
‘I am sorry Alex, I promise never to reject your gifts again; I accept them, thank you’ Amanda brushed her chin lightly.
‘Welcome, so, are you ready to look the part of a personal assistant’? Alex winked.
‘Yea, whatever that means’ Amanda stuttered. The clothes, shoes and accessories were all new to her; she briefly wondered if Alex could dress her up to look like Wendy. Was Greg going to like that?
‘Focus’ she muttered and reminded herself that she had no business thinking about him, Greg was her boss and would be nothing more, plus he had a girlfriend that was way hotter than herself.
Her eyes were wide and scared; her lips trembled, her hands shook as she stared into her lover’s eyes.
‘Are you sure about this? Think again’ Trudy said to him.
‘I am done thinking and this is all you have to do if you really love me’ Nathan handed her the vial.
‘Do you know what you’re saying? We could get into big trouble if we’re caught doing this’ Trudy declined, she was terribly scared.
‘We wouldn’t if you play your part well; do you want to help me get Beecroft or not’? Nathan was getting impatient.
‘Of course, I want you to get it but he is still your brother, don’t you think we’re going too far’? Trudy was very uncomfortable with Nathan’s plan.
She had set Greg up many times, spiked his drink and took snapshots of him which Nathan leaked to the media but this? What he was suggesting was dangerous.
‘Do you love me’? Nathan asked.
‘Yes. Yes I do’ Trudy nodded vehemently.
‘If you don’t do this, then it’s over between us and I mean it’ Nathan raised the vial once again.
Tears welled up in her eyes as she stared at him and then at the vial; she loved Nathan to let him go; he was her obsession, no other man could love her or f–k her the way Nathan did. He was her drug, her soul mate, a mix of everything. In him she found completion.
‘I’ll do it’ she cried and took the vial.
‘Good. Get to work’
She had spent one her dressing up for work with Alex in full control of everything; from her hair, to her dress, to her lipstick color and her shoes.
‘Can I look at the mirror now’? Amanda was getting impatient.
‘Not yet, almost done, your curls are stubborn, I need to straighten them’ Alex combed through her thick mane.
‘Remind me again why you aren’t a beautician’? Amanda said to her friend whose creative talent was more than anyone could ask for.
Alex could wear a ribbon and make it look like a crown; she could wear a boot and make it look like Cinderella’s slippers. She was unique and classy.
‘Now you’re free to look’ Alex showed her the mirror.
Amanda stared at the mirror speechless; she swallowed a lump of unbelief that settled in her throat; she looked completely changed. She was a different person now, almost like Wendy.
‘Thank me later, I have to go now’ Alex placed a kiss on her hair.
‘Wait, are you okay’? Amanda had known Alex for a long time, she knew what irked her, what humored her, what made her laugh or cry; something was definitely off.
‘I am fine Mandy, see you later’ she waved and rushed out of the house.
‘Bye’ Amanda waved back and returned to staring at her gorgeous reflection.
‘Time to go’ she rose on her feet.
‘You’re such an angel, my beautiful darling’ her mother’s words gave her confidence.
‘Thanks, wish me luck on my first day’ she kissed her mother.
‘You are all the luck that you need’ the woman couldn’t tear her eyes off her beautiful daughter.
‘Bye Mom’ Amanda waved at her and rushed outside.
She arrived the Software empire minutes later; today was really a different day for Amanda. As she stepped into the elevator, she noticed the way guys gawked at her, they were practically ogling her and she was loving it.
‘Good morning Gwen’ Amanda rushed out towards her new friend.
‘Is that you or am I dreaming’? Gwen’s jaw fell open. She had known the girl had beauty in her, she was just too afraid to show it.
‘The very same me’ Amanda smiled confidently, she couldn’t wait to set her eyes on her boss or his girlfriend who had felt on top of the world.
‘So, give me tips on how to work this job’ she asked Gwen.
‘I don’t know Mandy, I can’t really say how your relationship with him would be like; Holly wasn’t that dedicated to her job and that brought out the monster in him’ Gwen started.
‘The monster’? She almost laughed at the description.
‘Yea. He is a yeller, so get ready. Some days he could be absolutely impossible to please; you know what? Just do your best honey, put in a 100% at what you do. He admires hard work; I still feel that’s what drew him to Wendy’ Gwen explained.
‘She’s hardworking’? Amanda lifted a brow in astonishment.
‘Sure, go in now, he arrived ten minutes ago’ Gwen ushered her towards his office.
‘Okay’ Amanda drew in a breath, reminding herself that she was all the luck that she needed.